Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, yesterday inaugurated the committee on the establishment of a National Peace Commission.
According to a statement by his media office, the SGF who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Special Services Office (SSO) of the OSGF, Mrs Amina Bello Shamaki stated that the essence of the Committee was to recommend a suitable platform for resolving avoidable conflicts in order to return Nigeria to the path of peace and sustainable development.
Earlier in his remarks, Mustapha disclosed that the National Economic Council at its last Security Summit held in August, 2017 reviewed the security situation in the country and identified ethno-religious crisis as one of the sources of insecurity, which needs to be addressed and recommended the need to establish a National Peace Commission by the federal government and Peace Agencies by State governments.
The SGF said that there is a myriad of security challenges across the countries that are yet to be brought to a halt. These include terrorism in the North East, armed banditry, cattle rustling and kidnapping in the North West, farmers and herdsmen’s crisis in the North Central, secessionist agitations in the South East, pipeline vandalism, oil bunkering, theft and cultism in the South South as well as the adverse activities of electric cable vandals and in the South West and South South.
“Such myriads of security issues are indications that all parts of the country are engrossed in one security challenges or another”, he opined.
In addition, Mustapha said that members of the new Committee were carefully selected based on their pedigree as sustainable peace builders and enjoined them to carry out the assignment by the tradition of Public Service and in the interest of the country.
In his remarks, the chairman of the committee,Dr Bakut Tswan Bakut thanked the federal government for its efforts in bringing peace and sustainable development in Nigeria and pledged the resolve of the Committee to work hard and report back within the time frame of three months.
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